Solfège Classes

Due to demand we are delighted to announce the return of our Solfège Classes. This term we present 3 different levels of 10-week online courses and we are very excited to welcome Clare Dixon and Anne Ralph as our Tutors.

 

The aim of this course is to develop each participant's sense of musicianship and to develop musicianship skills such as ear training and the ability to sight-read, all while developing a solid understanding of music theory.

To express interest and to receive more information about upcoming solfege courses please email: kodalyireland@gmail.com

A music graduate of Trinity College Dublin, Ciara Coleman undertook two years of postgraduate training at the Kodály Institute in Hungary, graduating with distinction in her Masters in Kodály Music Pedagogy. She specialised in choral conducting under Prof. Peter Erdei, and her studies in Hungary were supported by the Arts Council of Ireland.

 

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From 2011 until 2017, Ciara gained extensive experience as a freelance choral conductor and music educator in Scotland. During this time, Ciara worked as a conductor and musicianship tutor with the Edinburgh branch of the National Youth Choir of Scotland. She designed a Kodály-based practical musicianship programme for the adult education programme at the University of Edinburgh, and taught choir and aural skills at the City of Edinburgh Music School. Returning to Ireland in 2017, Ciara gained her secondary school music teaching certification, graduating with distinction in the Professional Masters of Education at Trinity College. She has recently been appointed to the staff of Presto Project, an El Sistema programme based at St Ultan’s School in Dublin. Ciara continues to work as Director of Musicianship on the annual residential course of the National Girls Choir of Scotland, and since 2017 she has served on the faculty of the Colorado Kodály Institute, teaching conducting and choir on the Masters in Music Education at Colorado State University.

Ciara Coleman

The KSI was delighted to announce the Tutor for our Autumn 2019 term as Ciara Coleman,

a wonderful musician and music educator. 

FAQ:

What is Solfége?

What is Solfége?

Solfége is an interactive, collaborative, and kinesthetic type of music lesson, with the aim of developing musicianship skills such as ear training, the ability to sight-read as well as an understanding of music theory. It is not to be confused with the more commonly known word solfa, a term that describes a group of musical syllables ( do re mi etc) which are used to help understand melody (and will be used in a solfège class!).


Solfége is a type of musical training long-associated with the pioneering Hungarian music educator Zoltan Kodály. It was the aim of this impactful composer and pedagogue to provide young people with a life-long love and understanding of music. Kodály said that a good musician is one with a well- trained ear, a well-trained mind, a well-trained hand and a well-trained heart; a solfège lesson based on the Kodály philosophy is a highly practical one, with lots of music-making at its core.

Who is this suitable for?

Who is this suitable for?

Kodály said it best:

“music is for everyone”, 

so we welcome any adult with an interest in understanding music to take part.

What happens in a typical lesson?

As a solfége student you will develop your understanding of music in an active manner: our students sing in every lesson, both in unison and in harmony with their classmates; they work on their ear-training and memory development; they perform and learn to analyse folk songs and art music from the classical repertoire, with the intention of furthering their understanding of music theory and deepening their love of music .

What happens in a typical lesson?
Would I need to read music?

Would I need to read music?

Beginners level, no.


For the Intermediate level, a basic understanding of the rudiments of music theory is necessary as
well as some experience of learning music through the Kodály philosophy.

I've never studied music before,
can I attend these classes?
I've never studied music before,
can I attend these classes?

Yes!

Do I need to bring an instrument?

Do I need to bring an instrument?

You do not need to bring an instrument. Any musical materials needed for the lessons will be provided by teacher.

I'm an experienced musician but have no experience in using relative solfa.
 
What level is right for me?
I'm an experienced musician but have no experience in using relative solfa.
 
What level is right for me?

If you are a musician but have no previous learning experience in a Kodály-based environment, we would recommend you sign up for the beginners course, as it will provide you with a strong and necessary foundation to get the most out of future classes.